There are a huge amount of reasons for why people start to travel.
- Maybe they have heard the stories of others
- Maybe they have nothing better to do, and it’s just what people do
- Maybe it’s running away from something/someone
- Maybe it’s to find yourself
- Or maybe just maybe, the best reason is not really having a reason… but finding one when you travel.
Travelling solo does provide a host of incredible opportunities and finding yourself is definitely one of those.
The story of why I chose to travel solo has already been shared here, however I never went thinking that I would change. I never thought that finding myself was even a possibility. I simply forgot how to live, work became my life and I needed a change.
I soon found out that travelling solo had a huge amount of perks, the freedom, the escape, the excitement and the choices. It’s an exhilarating feeling. I started to learn things about myself I never knew – some silly and some more profound
- I didn’t know how far I could physically push myself
- I didn’t know how long I could stay awake for
- I didn’t know that I could party for 7 days straight
- I didn’t know how easily I could adapt – pick up from nothing and make a temporary life/home
- I didn’t know how many true friends I could still make
- I didn’t know much really…
Travelling solo opened up a world of opportunities, but it also helped me learn. I didn’t even realise but through the challenge I was discovering more and more about myself.
This was until one evening I experienced a moment of clarity, a moment where I made a decision and it was the wrong one. Essentially I was trying to be something I wasn’t, and actually in the long run something I didn’t want to be. I realised that all the experiences I went through and all the friends I had made were because of me, no one else. I had adapted successfully, I was succeeding, I knew that this upbeat enthusiastic passionate person was the person I wanted to be.
I had found my confidence, my enthusiasm, my passion… I had literally found myself whilst travelling. After this moment and for the next ten years I have followed that road and it’s been amazing!
Next up something a lot of people ponder, can a relationship survive travelling the world? Stay tuned follow A Wandering Memory today.